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Post image for A Rough Weekend in the Midlands and an Object Lesson in Interconnectedness

Last weekend I jumped in my Land Rover and braved the motorways to visit a great group of bushcraft enthusiasts in the Midlands. The group are all active members of BushcraftUK and regularly get together at Rough Close Scout camp for social meets where they share skills and time in the woods together. On waking […] Read more...

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Post image for Bang On Time: How to Make a Speed Chart for Navigation

Navigation is a key wilderness skill. If you are going to travel anywhere in wild country then you need to know how to navigate. There are various simple, reliable tools you can use to help keep your navigation accurate and consistent. One of these tools is a speed chart, also known as a timing chart. […] Read more...

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Post image for How to Use the Northern Lights for Navigation

The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, are a phenomena of high latitudes. Science informs us that the aurora are caused by solar wind interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere. Long before modern science formed theories about the northern lights, indigenous peoples of the north observed their usefulness. I have heard anecdotes about aurora […] Read more...

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Post image for Stopped Clocks and Navigation: What An Equinox Tells Us About Direction

Most of us have known the old adage that the Sun rises in the east and sets in the west for so long that we can’t remember where we first heard it. Somewhat like a stopped clock being correct twice a day, however, this old adage is only correct twice a year. Only on the […] Read more...

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Post image for Natural Navigation: What’s Happening with the Three Brightest Objects in the Night Sky?

For the purposes of wayfinding, it’s important to have an understanding of the brightest objects in the night sky. The three brightest objects in the night sky are not stars but planets: The Moon, Venus and Jupiter. These planets are up to something rather special in our skies at the moment (read on). It’s at […] Read more...

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Post image for Venus and The Moon: Direction from The Heavens

I was a child in the era of Voyager spacecraft, Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’ TV series and the first Space Shuttle missions. As a result I’ve been interested in stars, planets and their motion for as long as I can remember. Later I read of Polynesian navigators using their knowledge of the heavens to guide their […] Read more...

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